MT. BAKER – Hawthorne Elementary School parents, teachers and friends let out a collective cheer recently when they hit their goal to raise $10,000 to revamp the children’s library — one day before the official end of their fundraising campaign.
“Since the campaign officially ended on Oct. 12, our generous network of supporters has kept giving and giving and giving,” said parent volunteer Liz Gillespie. “And the fundraising total for our Hawthorne Library Reimagination campaign has topped $11,500.”
She added that nearly 30 library “champions” made it happen by mobilizing friends and family, neighbors and coworkers over email and on Facebook.
In all, more than 170 people contributed to the campaign, which will help the school:
- Replace outdated non-fiction books (no, Pluto’s not a planet anymore, and Reagan wasn’t our last president)
- Add more copies of fiction favorites like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which always have long wait lists.
- Purchase technological presentation equipment, including a smartboard and document camera.
“The library is incredibly important to our students,” said Katie Kribbs, a kindergarten teacher and Friends of Hawthorne PTA vice president. “Many of them do not have books at home and they look forward to library day with excitement and anticipation each week.”
“With young children, it is our biggest job to inspire a love of reading and these high-interest books do that, be they Dora the Explorer or a non-fiction book filled with hairy spiders,” she added.
Go here to contribute to the campaign.
Hayden is an outgoing and curious first grader at Hawthorne. His teacher says that he’s a natural leader and that when you talk with him it’s easy to forget that he’s only six years old. He wants to be an airline pilot when he grows up. Hayden was visibly moved when he learned that folks he didn’t even know were working to improve his school library. In his words, “that’s amazing and awesome!” Photo/Hawthorne Elementary School